Lindsey Graham

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Lindsey Graham
Lindsey Graham, Official Portrait 2006.jpg
United States Senator
from South Carolina
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2003
Serving with Tim Scott
Preceded by Strom Thurmond
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by Butler Derrick
Succeeded by J. Gresham Barrett
Member of the
South Carolina House of Representatives
from the 2nd District
In office
January 12, 1993 – January 3, 1995
Preceded by Lowell William Ross
Succeeded by William Edward Sandifer, III
Personal details
Born Lindsey Olin Graham
(1955-07-09) July 9, 1955 (age 59)
Central, South Carolina
Political party Republican
Residence Seneca, South Carolina
Alma mater University of South Carolina (B.A., J.D.)
Occupation Attorney
Religion Southern Baptist
Website www.lgraham.senate.gov
Military service
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1982–1988 (active)
1988 – present (reserve)
Rank Colonel
Unit Judge Advocate General's Corps
Lt. Gen. Jack L. Rives pins the Meritorious Service Medal on Col. Lindsey Graham.

Lindsey Olin Graham (born July 9, 1955) is an American politician who serves as the senior United States Senator from South Carolina, serving in office since 2003. Graham, a member of the Republican Party, was first elected to the 108th Congress.

Born in Central, South Carolina, Graham graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1977. He later received his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1981. He served in the United States Air Force from 1982 to 1988, and served as a reservist in the South Carolina Air National Guard, with the rank of a Colonel. He worked as a lawyer in private practice before he was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1992; serving one term from 1993 to 1995. Graham served in the United States House of Representatives, representing South Carolina's 3rd congressional district from 1995 to 2003. He was elected to four terms, receiving at least 60% of the vote each time.

Graham ran in South Carolina's 2002 Senate election, after eight-term incumbent Strom Thurmond announced he would not run for reelection. He won in an uncontested primary, and defeated Democratic opponent Alex Sanders in the general election. Graham was reelected to his second term to the Senate in 2008, defeating Bob Conley.

Early life, education, and law career[edit]

Graham was born in Central, South Carolina, where his parents, Millie and Florence James Graham, ran a liquor store, the Sanitary Cafe.[1] After graduating from D. W. Daniel High School, Graham became the first member of his family to attend college and joined the Reserve Officers' Training Corps. When he was 21 his mother died, and his father died 15 months later. Because his sister was left orphaned, the service allowed Graham to attend University of South Carolina in Columbia so he could be near home and care for his sister, whom he adopted. During his studies, he became a member of the Pi Kappa Phi social fraternity.

He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Psychology in 1977 and from the University of South Carolina School of Law with a J.D. in 1981. Upon graduating, Graham was commissioned as an officer and judge advocate in the United States Air Force, placed on active duty and sent to Europe as a military prosecutor. He eventually entered private practice as a lawyer.

Military service[edit]

Graham joined the United States Air Force in 1982, and served on active duty until 1988. Following his departure he stayed in the military, joining the South Carolina Air National Guard[2] and the U.S. Air Force Reserve. During the Gulf War, he was recalled to active duty, serving as a Judge Advocate at McEntire Air National Guard Station in Eastover, South Carolina, where he helped brief departing pilots on the laws of war.[3] He later transferred from the Air National Guard to the Air Force Reserve.

In 1998, according to the Congressional daily newspaper The Hill, Graham was describing himself on his website as an Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm veteran. In reality, he never left South Carolina. Graham responded "I have not told anybody I'm a combatant," he said. "I'm not a war hero, and never said I was. I never intended to lie. If I have lied about my military record, I'm not fit to serve in Congress," further noting that he "never deployed."[4][5]

In 2004, Graham received a promotion to Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve at a White House ceremony officiated by President George W. Bush.

Graham served in Iraq as a reservist on active duty for short periods during April and two weeks in August 2007, where he worked on detainee and rule-of-law issues.[6] He also served in Afghanistan during the August 2009 Senate recess.[7]

Through 2010, Graham served as a senior instructor for the Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Air Force.[8]

South Carolina House of Representatives[edit]

In 1992, Graham was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives from a district in Oconee County, and served one term.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

In 1994, 20-year incumbent Democratic U.S. Congressman Butler Derrick decided to retire. Graham decided to run for South Carolina's 3rd congressional district in the northwestern part of the state. With Republican U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond campaigning on his behalf, Graham won the Republican primary with 52% of the vote, defeating Bob Cantrell (33%) and Ed Allgood (15%).[9] In the general election, Graham defeated Democratic State Senator James Bryan, Jr. 60%–40%.[10] As a part of the 1994 Republican Revolution, Graham became the first Republican to represent this district since 1877.

In 1996, he was challenged by Debbie Dorn, the daughter of longtime Democratic U.S. Congressman W.J. Bryan Dorn and niece of Butler Derrick (both of whom represented the 3rd district). However, Graham won re-election to a second term, defeating Dorn 60%–40%.[11] In 1998, he won re-election to a third term unopposed.[12] In 2000, he won re-election to a fourth term with 68% of the vote.[13]

Tenure[edit]

Graham notably supported John McCain's presidential bid in 2000, and served as national co-chairman of McCain's 2008 presidential bid.[14]

In 1996 Graham voted for the Defense of Marriage Act.[15]

He was a member of the Judiciary Committee during the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1998.[16]

Committee assignments[edit]

During his service in the House, Graham served on the following committees:

U.S. Senate[edit]

Elections[edit]

2002

In 2002, longtime U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond decided to retire. Graham decided to run and won the Republican primary unopposed. In the general election, he defeated Democrat Alex Sanders, the former president of the College of Charleston, 54%–44%.[17] He became South Carolina's first new U.S. Senator since 1965. He was first Republican elected since Reconstruction. Graham served as Junior Senator for only two years, serving with U.S. Senator Fritz Hollings, until he retired.[18]

2008

When he ran for a second term in 2008, he was challenged in the Republican primary by Buddy Witherspoon. Graham defeated him 67%–33%, winning all but one of South Carolina's 46 counties. Graham then defeated Bob Conley in the general election.[19]

2014

In the run up to the 2014 South Carolina Republican primary, Graham held a 59% positive rating among Republican likely voters.[20]

Tenure[edit]

President Obama signing the Fair Sentencing Act in 2010
Alito confirmation hearings

During the Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearings for the nomination of Samuel Alito to the United States Supreme Court, a question arose concerning Alito's membership in a Princeton University organization which some said was sexist and racist.[21][21][22] Alito "deplored" racist comments made by the organization's founder.[23] While Graham said that Alito may be saying this because he wanted the nomination, he concluded that he had no reason to believe that because "you seem to be a decent, honorable man."[23] Alito's wife and sister characterized Graham's statements as supportive.[24][25]

Free speech

During an appearance on Face the Nation on April 3, 2011,[26] Graham "suggested that Congress take unspecified though formal action against the Koran-burning by Florida preacher Terry Jones," in light of an attack on United Nations personnel triggered by Jones' actions.[27] In asserting that "Congress might need to explore the need to limit some forms of freedom of speech,"[28] Graham argued that "Free speech is a great idea, but we’re in a war," and claimed that "during World War II, we had limits on what you could say if it would inspire the enemy."[27][29]

Gang of 14

On May 23, 2005, Graham was one of the Gang of 14 senators to forge a compromise that brought a halt to the continued blockage of an up or down vote on judicial nominees. This compromise negated both the Democrats' use of a filibuster and the Republican "nuclear option" as described in the media. Under the agreement, the Democrats would retain the power to filibuster a Bush judicial nominee only in an "extraordinary circumstance", and three conservative Bush appellate court nominees (Janice Rogers Brown, Priscilla Owen and William Pryor) would receive a vote by the full Senate.

Detainee interrogations

In July 2005, Graham secured the declassification and release of memoranda outlining concerns made by senior military lawyers as early as 2003 about the legality of the interrogations of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay.[30]

Regarding U.S. Citizens accused of supporting terrorism, senator Lindsey Graham has stated before the senate, "When they say, ‘I want my lawyer,’ you tell them: ‘Shut up. You don’t get a lawyer. You are an enemy combatant, and we are going to talk to you about why you joined Al Qaeda.’"

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, 2011[31]

In response to this and a June 2004 U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing detainees to file habeas corpus petitions to challenge their detentions, Graham authored an amendment[32] to a Department of Defense Authorization Act[clarification needed] attempting to clarify the authority of American courts. The amendment passed in November 2005 by a vote of 49–42 in the Senate despite opposition from human rights groups and legal scholars who say it limits the rights of detainees.[33][34]

Graham has said he amended the Department of Defense Authorization Act in order to give military lawyers, as opposed to politically appointed lawyers, a more independent role in the oversight of military commanders. He has argued that two of the largest problems leading to the detainee abuse scandals at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib were this lack of oversight and troops' confusion over legal boundaries.[35]

Graham further explains that military lawyers had long observed the provisions of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the Geneva Convention, but that those provisions had not been considered by the Bush administration in decisions regarding the treatment of detainees in Guantanamo Bay. He has claimed that better legal oversight within the military’s chain of command will prevent future detainee abuse.[36]

In February 2006, Graham joined Senator Jon Kyl in filing an amicus brief in the Hamdan v. Rumsfeld case that argued "Congress was aware" that the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005 would strip the Supreme Court of jurisdiction to hear "pending cases, including this case" brought by the Guantanamo detainees.[37]

In a May 2009 CNN interview, Graham referred to the domestic internment of German and Japanese prisoners of war and US Citizens as a model for domestic detention of Guantanamo detainees by saying, "We had 450,000 Japanese and German prisoners housed in the United States during World War II. As a nation, we can deal with this."[38]

Immigration reform

Graham was a supporter of "comprehensive immigration reform" and of S. 2611, the McCain-Kennedy Immigration Reform Bill of 2006 as well as S. 1348 of 2007, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007. His positions on immigration, and in particular collaborating with Senator Ted Kennedy, earned Graham the ire of conservative activists.[39] The controversy prompted conservative activists to support a primary challenge in 2008 by longtime Republican national committeeman Buddy Witherspoon,[40][41] but Graham won the nomination by a large margin.[42] 

In July 2010, however, Graham suggested that U.S. citizenship as an automatic birthright guaranteed by the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution should be amended, and that any child born of illegal immigrants inside the borders of the United States should themselves be considered illegal immigrants.[43] Graham alleged that "Half the children born in hospitals on our borders are the children of illegal immigrants." [44] Responding to the Graham claim, the New York Times cited a Pew Foundation study estimating that illegal immigrants account for only 8 percent of births in the United States and that 80 percent of the mothers had been in the U.S. for more than one year.[45]

On January 28, 2013, Graham was a member of a bi-partisan group of eight Senators which announced principles for comprehensive immigration reform (CIR).[46] On June 23, Graham said that the Senate was close to obtaining 70 votes to pass the reform package.[47]

Second Amendment

Graham has been given an A rating by the NRA and a B rating by the Gun Owners of America, indicating a strong pro-gun stance.[48]

Health care

Graham opposed President Barack Obama's health reform legislation; he voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in December 2009,[49] and he voted against the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.[50]

Graham is a cosponsor of the Healthy Americans Act.

Same-sex marriage

As a Senator, in 2004 he voted for the Federal Marriage Amendment.[51] He received a rating of 0% from the Human Rights Campaign, a lobby group which promotes LGBT rights in the United States, in each reporting period from 1995–2008, with the exception of 1999, when he received a rating of 9%.[52] Graham has also voted against same-sex adoptions in Washington, D.C.[53]

Climate change

On December 10, 2009, Graham co-sponsored a letter to President Barack Obama along with Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman announcing their commitment to passing a climate change bill and outlining its framework.[54] Graham has been identified as a leading supporter of passing a climate change bill and was thought to be a likely sponsor for the final bill. The Senators have identified a green economy, clean air, energy independence, consumer protection, increasing nuclear power and regulating the world's carbon market as the key features to a successful climate change bill.[55] In response to Senate Democrats shifting their priorities to immigration issues, a reaction to Arizona's passage of an illegal immigration law, Senator Graham withdrew his support for the climate bill, leaving its passage in doubt.[56]

Graham told reporters in June 2010 that "The science about global warming has changed. I think they've oversold this stuff, quite frankly. I think they've been alarmist and the science is in question. The whole movement has taken a giant step backward."[57] He also stated that he planned to vote against the climate bill that he had originally co-sponsored, citing further restriction of offshore drilling added to the bill and the bill's impact on transportation.[58]

Foreign policy
John McCain and Lindsey Graham, Al-Faw Palace, Iraq, 2007

Graham has supported an interventionist foreign policy. On November 6, 2010, at the Halifax International Security Forum, he called for a pre-emptive military strike to "neuter" the Iranian regime.[59] He has also argued that "the U.S. needs to keep at least 10,000 troops in Iraq into 2012," saying that "If we're not smart enough to work with the Iraqis to have 10,000 to 15,000 American troops in Iraq in 2012, Iraq could go to hell."[60]

In August 2011, Graham co-sponsored with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen Senate Resolution 175, wherewith he contended that "Russia's invasion of Georgian land in 2008 was an act of aggression, not only to Georgia but to all new democracies." The claim that Russia instigated the aggression in South Ossetia, however, has been contradicted by many observers, including a European Union investigation. The resolution passed unanimously.

He is an advisor to the Atlantic Bridge.

Graham is an unabashed supporter of Israel. Graham threatened to derail the confirmation of President Obama's nomination for secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel, remarking that Hagel "would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense towards the state of Israel in our nation’s history."[61]

On January 29, 2013, in an interview with Fox News, he claimed Hillary Clinton "got away with murder", following Clinton's testimony during the Benghazi hearings.[62]

On February 28, 2013, Graham on the Senate floor criticized President Obama, and both majority political parties for allowing the budget reduction to occur with "two-thirds of the budget" exempt from reductions and said the impact on the Department of Defense would create a "hollow military" that "invites aggression".[63]

Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Senators John McCain, John Barrasso, and Lindsey Graham in Jerusalem on January 3, 2013

On July 16, 2013, Graham suggested the United States should consider boycotting the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia because of "what the Russian government is doing throughout the world."[64] Graham also said the U.S. should aim to "drive the Russian economy into the ground."[65]

Taxation

Graham has signed Grover Norquist's Taxpayer Protection Pledge. However, in June 2012 he went on record supporting the closure of tax loopholes without compensating decreases in other tax revenue, saying "We're so far in debt, that if you don't give up some ideological ground, the country sinks."[66]

Committee assignments[edit]

Previous assignments

Caucus memberships[edit]

Graham is a member of the board of directors of the International Republican Institute.[67]

Electoral history[edit]

South Carolina's 3rd congressional district: Results 1994–2000[68]
Year Democratic Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
1994 James E. Bryan, Jr. 59,932 40% Lindsey Graham 90,123 60% *
1996 Debbie Dorn 73,417 39% Lindsey Graham 114,273 60% Lindal Pennington Natural Law 1,835 1%
1998 (no candidate) Lindsey Graham 129,047 100% Write-ins 402 <1%
2000 George Brightharp 67,170 30% Lindsey Graham 150,180 68% Adrian Banks Libertarian 3,116 1% *
*Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 1994, write-ins received 13 votes. In 2000, Natural Law candidate LeRoy J. Klein received 1,122 votes and write-ins received 33 votes. George Brightharp ran under both the Democratic and United Citizens Parties and received 2,253 votes on the United Citizen line.
Senate elections in South Carolina (Class II): Results 2002–2008[68]
Year Democratic Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
2002 Alex Sanders 487,359 44% Lindsey Graham 600,010 54% Ted Adams Constitution 8,228 1% Victor Kocher Libertarian 6,648 1% *
2008 Bob Conley 785,559 42% Lindsey Graham 1,069,137 58% Write-ins 608 <1%
*Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 2002, write-ins received 667 votes.

Personal life[edit]

Graham has never married and has no children. He lives in Seneca, South Carolina.[69]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ United States Senator Lindsey Graham, South Carolina : About Senator Graham
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  4. ^ "S.C. Rep. Gulf War Past Questioned". Associated Press. February 19, 1998. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ Pareene, Alex (May 20, 2010). "Lindsey Graham’s war lie: Bigger than Richard Blumenthal’s". Salon. Retrieved June 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ After Tour of Duty in Iraq, Graham Backs 'Surge' – washingtonpost.com
  7. ^ Day, Thomas L. (September 6, 2009). "Military Notebook: Robins to hold birthday bash for Air Force". The Sun News. Retrieved September 7, 2009. 
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  15. ^ "104th Congress / House / 2nd session / Vote 300". Washington Post. July 11, 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2009. 
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  22. ^ Sethi, Chanakya (November 18, 2005). "Alito '72 joined conservative alumni group". The Daily Princetonian. 
  23. ^ a b "Second round of Graham Questioning Judge Alito". Office of Senator Lindsey Graham. United States Senate. January 11, 2006. Archived from the original on October 2, 2006. 
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  33. ^ ACLU Urges Congress to Reject Court Stripping Measure
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  43. ^ Elyse Siegel (July 29, 2010). "Lindsey Graham: 'Birthright Citizenship Is A Mistake,' 'We Should Change Constitution'". The Huffington Post. 
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  65. ^ "Senators press Obama to crank up Russia punishment, warn of Ukraine ‘civil war’". Fox News. May 4, 2014.
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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Butler Derrick
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 3rd congressional district

1995–2003
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J. Gresham Barrett
United States Senate
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